Fiji have missed out on the Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the 21-year history of the World Rugby Sevens Series ©World Rugby

Fiji have missed out on the Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the 21-year history of the World Rugby Sevens Series round in Dubai.

The defending series champions finished third in Pool A behind France and Argentina on points difference.

The three teams all won two matches and lost one to finish on seven points, but France and Argentina's points difference, at plus-28 and plus-27, respectively, were better than that of Fiji's, at plus-14. 

As a result, the best Fiji can hope for is a ninth-place finish and a maximum of eight series points, providing they beat Canada tomorrow.

Fiji's downfall was a 24-21 loss to Argentina, who capitalised on a yellow card for Vilimoni Botitu to work Matías Moroni over with the final play of the game and cause the shock of the day at The Sevens Stadium in the United Arab Emirates city.

The South Americans defeated the Fijians for the first time since 2017 in Vancouver. 

It was also Fiji's first pool loss in Dubai since England beat them back in 2010.

Today's other Pool A matches saw Fiji overcome France 24-14 and Japan lose 41-5 to France and 33-7 to Argentina.

Australia, defending champions New Zealand and South Africa were the other pool winners and the only teams with a perfect record of three wins out of three.

South Africa had the biggest scare in their Pool D decider with England, having to come from 14-0 down with 19 unanswered points to repeat the Blitzboks' victory over the same nation in the Rugby World Cup final in Tokyo last month. 

Earlier in the day, South Africa defeated Spain 35-5 and England overcame Kenya 12-5.

Spain registered a 22-19 win over Kenya to finish third in Pool D.

Australia beat Ireland 45-21 and the United States 24-12 to top Pool B.

The US preceded that loss by defeating Scotland 31-21 and finished second in the standings.

Ireland edged Scotland 31-29 with the last kick, clinching third spot.

Irish flyer Jordan Conroy became the first man to score five tries in a series match since the American Kevin Swiryn in Hong Kong in March 2010.

New Zealand were comfortable 40-7 winners over Samoa in the Pool C decider, having earlier beaten Canada 31-7.

Samoa defeated Wales 31-12 in their first game of the day.

Wales also lost to Canada, 31-14, and ended bottom of Pool C.

The Cup quarter-finals take place tomorrow, starting with the encounter between France and England.

New Zealand will then tackle the US in a repeat of the 2018 final - which the All Blacks Sevens won 21-5 - before South Africa meet Fiji's conquerors Argentina in the third quarter-final and Australia face Samoa.

Fiji and Canada, as the two best third-placed teams, meet in the ninth-place playoff.

The 11th-place playoff will be contested by the other teams to finish third in their pools, Ireland and Spain. 

Those finishing bottom of their pools will playoff for 13th to 16th place, with the 15th-place playoff between Wales and Japan to follow the Cup quarter-finals, before Kenya do battle with Scotland in the 13th-place playoff.